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Figure Skater Peggy Fleming Teams With HealthSaver: To Relieve Headaches, Be Proactive
Date:8/20/2008

s to tension headaches.

-- Tension headaches, the most common type, cause a mild to moderate pain some people characterize as a tight band wrapped around the head.

-- High levels of stress and the resulting headaches can eventually take their toll on your general health. As a professional ice skater, I used breathing exercises to calm my nerves and eliminate stress before competitions. Try this: take slow, deep breaths to help clear your mind, slow your heart rate and rid your body of tension.

-- Usually a simple nap or an over-the-counter medication, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, can relieve the pain associated with tension headaches. Be careful not to consume too much pain medication, because overuse can lead to rebound headaches.

-- To cope with stress, change how you approach situations that negatively affect your mood. We often can't change such situations, so relief may lie in how you react to the problem itself.

Migraines

-- Problems with stress and sleep can also cause a more debilitating type of headache, migraines, which can last between a few hours and a few days.

-- The intense pain of migraines is often accompanied by sensitivity to light, nausea or vomiting, changes in body temperature and confusion. If you begin to experience a migraine, seek a dark, quiet room to rest. A cool compress on the forehead and the back of the neck may also help alleviate pain.

-- Migraine sufferers, who often have a family history of migraines, should visit their physician to further explore prevention and treatment options.

When to See Your Doctor

-- Don't hesitate to go to the emergency room for headaches that start after a head or neck injury, or cause difficulties with speech. This may be a sign of a more serious condition.

-- If headaches occur at least three times a month, or you experience an abrupt, severe headache, pay your doctor a visit. To help your physician diagnose and treat your he
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